Speakers - Texas Marijuana Policy Conference

John Baucum

John Baucum is the Political Director for Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition (www.rampgop.org). RAMP works to reform marijuana laws by working within the GOP to educate and connect with lawmakers, party leadership, and grassroots activists. 

John has been active in grassroots politics since 2011, and has volunteered his time, talent, and treasure on many political campaigns, and issue oriented activism. He also serves as the Chairman Emeritus of the Texas Young Republican Federation. John holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from the University of Texas at Austin. He lives in Houston, Texas with his wife Danielle and their daughter Madeline.

Christy Zartler, NP

Christy Zartler has been a nurse practitioner in the north Texas area for 22 years. She is the caregiver of her 18 year old daughter Kara Zartler. Kara has Cerebral Palsy and Severe Autism, With her severe autism she has self-injurious behavior. Christy started advocating for medical marijuana at the Texas Capitol in 2015.

In February of 2017 the Zartler’s wanted to help other families struggling with severe Autism so they posted a video giving their daughter a cannabis vapor treatment. The video was viewed 100 million times.

In May of 2018 the Americans for Safe Access awarded the Zartler family with the Courage award. Christy and her husband flew to Washington DC to accept the award and took that opportunity to meet with their Texas lawmakers in their DC offices.

Congressman Dana Rohrabacher

Prior to becoming a Congressman, Dana Rohrabacher earned his living as a journalist,  and editorial writer for the Orange County Register. Following his time at the Register, he worked on Ronald Reagan’s Presidential campaigns as Assistant Press Secretary and followed President Reagan into the White House where, for seven years, he was a senior speechwriter and special assistant to the President.

In 1988, Dana Rohrabacher was elected to the House of Representatives from coastal Southern California.  Currently, Dana serves as Vice-Chairman of the House Science Committee, Chairman of the Europe Eurasia and Emerging Threats Subcommittee and as a senior member of the International Relations Committee.

Two of Congressman Rohrabacher's major accomplishments: The Space Commercialization Act of 2004 and the Rohrabacher/Blumenauer Amendment which prohibited the Justice Department from spending funds to interfere with the implementation of state medical cannabis laws. It passed the House in May 2014 after six previously failed attempts, becoming law in December 2014.

Jax Finkel

Jax Finkel is Executive Director for Texas NORML, the Austin Chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). She has been involved in cannabis law reform since 2005. She innovated the first ever cannabis-centric Voter's Guide in 2012 and continues to prepare the Texas NORML Voter's Guide for each election season. She created curriculum, helped organize and execute regional advocacy trainings during 2015, ’16 and “17.

Recently, she created a 501c3 nonprofit, Foundation for an Informed Texas (FIT), focused on provide Texans with knowledge about cannabis. FIT recently released a rural education program. She works closely with Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy and their coalition partners along with many other cannabis groups.

Joshua Blank, Ph.D.

Joshua Blank, PhD is the manager of polling and research at the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin.

He has a bachelor's degree in political science from Boston University and a doctoral degree in government from the University of Texas at Austin. He has played a primary role in most of the major public statewide public polls conducted in Texas since 2011.

Bryon Adinoff, M.D.


Dr. Bryon Adinoff has been a board-certified Addiction Psychiatrist for over 30 years. Previous to his move to Denver in June, he was the Distinguished Professor of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center since 1995. He was a staff physician in the Dallas Veterans Administration for 30 years, having served as the medical director of substance abuse programs at the Charleston, South Carolina and Dallas Veterans hospitals. Dr. Adinoff has published over 160 articles and chapters on the biology and treatment of addiction and is Editor-in-Chief of The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse.

Elias Jackson, Ph.D.

Dr. Elias Jackson is the co-founder and president of Vyripharm Biopharmaceuticals, a biotechnology firm that develops drugs to target cancer, PTSD, drug addiction and other metabolic diseases. He was previously a professor and research faculty member at the Cardiovascular Research Center at the Yale University School of Medicine, and is a graduate of The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

David Auer

David E. Auer, M.D. is a full time board certified Family Physician in private practice in Houston, Texas since 1995. He was born in St. Louis, Mo. graduated from Washington University in St. Louis and University of Missouri - Columbia School of Medicine. He is an advocate for Freedom and Liberty and an Angel Investor. Dr. Auer has been an advocate for the reform of medical marijuana policy and criminal justice reform for many years. His most treasured accomplishment is being the Dad to 2 beautiful strong independent daughters.

Sue Sisley, MD

Dr. Sue Sisley MD is Arizona-based physician practicing Internal Medicine. Sue serves as President & Principal Investigator of Scottsdale Research Institute conducting controlled trials of smoked/vaporized cannabis, moving whole plant flower through entire FDA drug development process.She is Medical Director for MMJ license holders in 17 different states from Hawaii to New Jersey offering patient education & physician engagement, & serves as faculty at Colorado State & Humboldt State University.

Nishi Whiteley

Nishi_headshot_-_Venetia_Lane.jpgNishi Whiteley, is a business development and marketing consultant turned cannabis educator, advocator and author. After seeing the relief cannabis provided her mother at the end of her battle with lung cancer, Whiteley was inspired to share what she learned so others would benefit from her mother's experience. Through her educational website MyChronicRelief.com and her book Chronic Relief: A Guide to Cannabis for the Terminally & Chronically Ill, (2016) she strives to help the sick and suffering, caregivers, clinicians and legislators bridge the gap between the vast amounts of cannabis science and safe practical application.

Chairman Joseph Moody

Joe Moody represents Texas’s District 78, a mixed urban and rural district covering much of northern El Paso County. He’s a lifelong El Pasoan and has followed the example of public service set by his father, District Judge William Moody, and his mother, El Paso school teacher Magdalena Morales-Moody. Joe was married to Adrianne Riley in 2011. They have two young sons: William and Preston.

Joe grew up in politics and became actively involved in campaigns at a young age. In 2008, he decided to take on the challenge himself and entered a Texas House race which proved to be one of the most hotly contested statewide. His election at age 27 made him the youngest state representative in Texas.

Although his legislative work has touched on topics from veterans issues and mental health to education and equality, Joe’s passion has been criminal justice reform. He’s devoted particular attention to preventing wrongful convictions, promoting diversion and reintegration, and improving both access to justice and indigent defense outcomes. Joe has also filled critical gaps in our laws on domestic violence, stalking, human trafficking, and sexual assault.

He’s currently chair of the Criminal Jurisprudence Committee and vice chair of both the General Investigating and Ethics Committee and the Select Committee on Opioids and Substance Abuse. He also sits on the Juvenile Justice and Family Issues Committee as well as the Select Committee on Economic Competitiveness, and he serves as general counsel to the House Democratic Caucus.

Joe’s work has earned him numerous accolades, including awards from the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, the Texas District and County Attorneys Association, the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, and Equality Texas. In 2017, Texas Monthly named him one of the state’s ten best legislators.

Outside of the Texas Legislature, Joe is an attorney. He served as a prosecutor for many years at the El Paso County District Attorney’s Office before entering private practice. He’s currently a managing partner at the firm of Moody & Sahualla in El Paso, which focuses on criminal defense.

Christopher Paxton

Christopher Paxton serves as Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for Sen. Konni Burton. Paxton has been with the Senator since May of 2016. Before this, Paxton worked as Sen. Burton's campaign manager. Paxton has also worked as a staffer in the Texas House and has done work in the non-profit activism sector. Paxton is a native of Houston, Texas, a graduate of Baylor University, and resides in Fort Worth, Texas.

Mark Gonzalez

Mark A. Gonzalez was sworn in as Nueces County District Attorney (TX) in January 2017, following a highly successful ten-year career as a criminal defense attorney at both the state and federal level. Since taking the reins of the office, Mr. Gonzalez has become a nationally recognized voice leading the call for criminal justice reform. Mark serves on multiple executive committees on progressive prosecution and has enacted a myriad of innovative, effective policies focused on ending mass incarceration, curbing recidivism, and driving society and the criminal justice system ever ¡Adelante! (“Forward”).

Judge John Delaney

Judge John Delaney is a Senior District Judge for the State of Texas, with over 34 years experience handling felony criminal cases as well as civil and family cases. He currently handles all child abuse and neglect cases for his home county. A 5th generation Texan, husband, father, grandfather, U.S. Navy veteran, graduate of Princeton University and The University of Texas School of Law, he frequently speaks and writes about our state and federal drug laws and their tragic unintended consequences.

Riley Cote

Riley Cote is a former professional ice hockey left winger who played four National Hockey League (NHL) seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers and was mainly known as an enforcer. Upon retiring from the Philadelphia Flyers Riley founded the Hemp Heals Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization that promotes cannabis/hemp as viable renewable resource, that can help increase the quality lives of all people. Cote is a co-founder of Athletes For Care, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating a community where athletes can find support, opportunity and purpose in life after a career in sports.

Cote is currently launching a product line -- BodyChek Wellness, a line of hemp based personal care products who mission is to optimize everyday performance and challenge individuals to rethink the healing process. The line reinforces Cote’s passion to help individuals discover safe non-toxic methods for pain management and self-healing.

Mike James

Mike James is an American football running back who is currently a free agent in the National Football League. James was selected in the 6th round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He played college football at Miami.

James attended Ridge Community High School in Davenport, Florida, where he played for the Bolts football team. He was selected to The Ledger's all-county first-team as a running back and to the Mobile Press-Register's Super Southeast 120. He was also an Florida Sports Writers Association All-State honorable mention. Coming out of high school he was ranked as the 18th-best running back prospect by Scout.com.

During the 2014 season James rushed for 37 yards in 11 games played. James was waived by the Buccaneers on September 7, 2016, following an injury.

On December 3, 2016, James signed a reserve / future contract with the Detroit Lions on January 9, 2017. On August 15, 2017, the Lions placed James on injured reserve with a concussion.

James is an advocate for the medical use of cannabis, which he says can help reduce addiction to opioids among NFL players. James says cannabis helped him overcome his own painkiller addiction while recovering from a severe ankle injury sustained in 2013. In 2018, after failing a drug test the previous year, James filed a therapeutic use exemption with the NFL to allow him to use cannabis. The petition was later denied, but that discussion with league officials is ongoing.

James was featured in the CNN documentary Weed 4 discussing his use of cannabis as an alternate pain-reliever and his push for the NFL to allow its use. James is also a co-chair of the Doctors for Cannabis Regulation NFL steering committee.

Robert Marks, MD

Dr. Marks graduated with high honors from The University of Texas at Austin. Subsequently, he completed his medical school training at The University of Texas Medical Branch, followed by two years of General Surgery residency and a three year residency in Anesthesiology at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Dr. Marks culminated his formal medical training with a one-year Pain Management fellowship at the prestigious International Pain Center at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, one of the top Pain Management fellowships in the country. Dr. Marks is board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology in Pain Medicine and Anesthesiology.

Solomon Page

Solomon Page is a former American football offensive lineman in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and San Diego Chargers. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the second round of the 1999 NFL Draft. He played college football at West Virginia University.

Page was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he played football at Brashear High School and was an All-city selection at defensive tackle. After graduating from high school, he spent a year at Hargrave Military Academy.

During his career at West Virginia, Page helped to anchor an offensive line that helped the offense produced at least 300 yards in each of his final 21 career games. He was an athletic coaching education major. He declared as a junior for the NFL Draft and was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1999 draft.  After five seasons, he went on to play with the San Diego Chargers.

Page is currently an offensive line coach at Carrollton Christian Academy in Carrollton, Texas.

Rev. Rick Sitton

Rev. Rick Sitton is senior pastor of First United Methodist Church Bryan, Texas since June 2011. Rev. Sitton has served over 31 years as a pastor in the United Methodist Church including in Lumberton, Crockett, Houston and the Tyler area. He is a 1987 graduate of Asbury Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky where he graduated with honors earning his Masters of Divinity degree. He is married to Karen Sitton since 1978 and together they care for their grandson, Jacob, who is age 10. Jacob has special needs including autism and apraxia of speech. It is Jacob's needs and the needs of people like Jacob, that has caused Rev. Sitton to be an advocate for the legal right to seek medical treatment that is in the best interest of those in need, including medical marijuana.

Rev. Al Sharp

Al is executive director, Clergy for a New Drug Policy. He graduated from the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University, with a Master of Public Affairs in 1969 and received his Master of Divinity Degree from the Divinity School of the University of Chicago in 1996. He served as chief financial officer of the University of Chicago from 1980-1993. He was the founding executive director of Protestants for the Common Good for 15 years and acting executive director of the Community Renewal Society after the organizations merged in 2012. He is past president of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.

Jason Rink

Jason Rink, a former pastor, is on the Board of Directors of the Libertarian Christian Institute. He is the award-winning producer and director of the documentary Nullification: The Rightful Remedy, and the author of the biography of former Congressman Ron Paul, Ron Paul: Father of the Tea Party.

 

Amy Fawell

AmyLou Fawell is co-founder and President of MAMMA - Mothers Advocating Medical Marijuana for Autism. She is the mother of 3 children and her middle son, age 19, suffers from severe autism. As a lifelong Republican and conservative Christian, AmyLou is an unlikely advocate for cannabis reform but her son’s autism journey compelled her to look out of the box for something that might help him. MAMMA’s mission is now her passion - to educate and empower autism families to advocate for the legalization of medical cannabis with autism as a qualifying condition.

Robert Kampia

Rob previously co-founded the Marijuana Policy Project in 1995 and served as its executive director for 23 years, leaving MPP in 2017 to found the Marijuana Leadership Campaign, which is based in Austin and Washington, D.C.

Rob grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia in Harleysville, Pennsylvania.  In 1986, he graduated as valedictorian of his class at Souderton Area High School, and in 1993 he graduated with honors from Penn State University with a bachelor's degree in Engineering Science and a minor in English.

In the middle of his seven-year tenure at Penn State, he served three months in county prison for three felony convictions for growing his own marijuana for recreational use.  Two years after being released from prison, he was elected student-body president and graduated in 1993, he moved to Washington, D.C. for the sole purpose of legalizing marijuana in the United States.  

And he has spent his entire adult life doing just that, now toggling between his “Purple Mansion” in D.C. and his condo in Austin.  Between 2000 and 2016, Rob was the principle architect of the lobbying campaigns and ballot initiatives that legalized medical marijuana in 14 of the 30 states that now have such laws on the books.  And between 2012 to 2016, Rob oversaw the campaigns that have regulated marijuana like alcohol in 5 of the 8 states that have done so -- most notably in CO, which in 2012 became the first U.S. state (and the first jurisdiction in the world) to end marijuana prohibition entirely for adults 21 and older.

Professor Frank Snyder

Professor at Texas A&M Law School since 2000,  teaching contracts, commercial law, business associations, and marijuana law & business.  Former partner, Latham & Watkins, Washington, DC. Co-author American Contract Law for a Global Age, Principles of Sales, Principles of Secured Transactions, and Principles of Payment Systems.  Visiting Professor at Notre Dame, Temple University, and the University of Idaho.

State Rep. Jason Isaac

State Rep. Jason Isaac is President of the Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute, a public policy think tank, and is completing his fourth term as state representative for Hays and Blanco counties.

During his service in the Texas Capitol, Rep. Isaac passed legislation to reduce taxes, strengthen election integrity, improve public education, preserve Second Amendment rights, protect groundwater, protect the unborn, and create the Texas Compassionate Use Program. He was named a "Courageous Conservative" every session and has proven to be an effective leader at both upholding conservative principles and working across the aisle toward responsible solutions for the future of Texas.

Jason lives in Dripping Springs with his wife, Carrie, and their two boys. They attend Westover Hills Church of Christ.

Debbie Tolany

Debbie is the proud mother of two boys and the media relations specialist for MAMMA USA. (Mothers Advocating Medical Marijuana for Autism) Her oldest son has multiple, profound medical needs and qualifies for The Compassionate Use Program. As such, Debbie was the first to buy cannabidiol oil from Texas' premiere medical cannabis dispensary, Compassionate Cultivation. You can follow her journey via her blog www.hellomynameisdebbie.com. Debbie lives in Austin and can often be found advocating for medicinal marijuana expansion, raising awareness for The Rosedale School, or listening to live music in the greatest city in Texas!

Chase Bearden

Coalition of Texans with Disabilities, Director of Advocacy & Community Organizing

Chase received his BA in Business from Concordia University. As Director of Advocacy for the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities, Chase is called on for research, policy analysis and recommendations to the Texas Legislature and state agencies on issues surrounding disabilities. His service on advisory groups and boards includes appointments by Gov. Rick Perry to the Rehabilitation Council of Texas and the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners. Most recently, Chase was reappointed to TBAE by Gov. Greg Abbott. He has successfully advocated for positive change in government policy and practice in employment, transportation, voting, education, health care and architectural barriers to promote the full inclusion of people with disabilities in community life. Chase has received the Legislative award from the Texas Rehabilitation Association, the Texas Healthcare and Bioscience Institute’s 2017 Luminary Award and the President’s award from the Texas Physical Therapy Association. He has served as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer and worked for the St. David’s Medical Center running community programs focused on empowering youths and adults with disabilities through sports and recreation.

Heather Fazio

An advocate of individual liberty and personal responsibility, Heather Fazio has worked toward limited government since 2009. She served as Executive Director of Texans for Accountable Government from 2011-2014 where her priorities included privacy rights and civil liberties, including marijuana law reform.

Heather utilizes her passion for grassroots activism to positively affect public policy. In 2014, Heather began working for the Marijuana Policy Project and built an advocacy-focused coalition, Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy. Now, as Texas Political Director of the Marijuana Leadership Campaign, Heather remains dedicated to enacting sensible marijuana laws in Texas.

Glen P. Mayes II

Recent transplant, Glen Mayes, decided to take his family to Colorado to treat their son Orion with cannabis legally. After two years of living in Colorado we’ve learned a great deal about our endogenous cannabinoid system. Glen spent his time in Texas advocating for several issues from breast cancer to equal education. When Orion was given his diagnosis he became a student of his child. Self educated, he found a way to unlock Orion’s receptors and use cannabis as medicine. Research from the National Institutes of Health and several pioneering doctors have inspired Glen to help as many people as possible.

Debbie Branch

Debbie Branch is a stay at home mother of three young adults and her oldest son has severe autism. Debbie became active in the medical marijuana movement when she saw first hand how beneficial medical marijuana could be to treat the symptoms associated with autism. Her son Scott had suffered through years of severe autistic aggressive behavior until she tried medical marijuana for him in 2010. Debbie had the opportunity to speak with Governor Abbott twice this year, and after sharing with him that she utilizes whole plant marijuana for her son, Governor Abbott thanked her for being a good mother.

Piper Lindeen

Piper is a wife, mother of 2, dental hygienist, writer, and advocate for improved access to cannabis since 2014. Her passion for cannabis is rooted in the needs of her younger son, Zachary. Zach has struggled with epilepsy and it’s devastating effects since 2008. The Lindeen family has experienced firsthand the amazing benefits of cannabis. Currently, Zach is a participant in the Texas Compassionate Use Program, obtaining cannabis from Compassionate Cultivation, as Piper continues to work to eliminate barriers in accessing cannabis for all Texans in need.

Maggie Raines

Maggie Raines is a mother to three boys and is married to a disabled veteran, Josh Raines, who suffers from PTSD and epilepsy. While Josh deployed he earned a Purple Heart for IED explosions he experienced as convoy gunner. After her husband was honorably discharged from the Army she took many classes, researched and read about the struggles of PTSD. Now she works to support their family and is continuing her education for business management and psychology. She advocates for medical cannabis and helps edit and produce educational videos with her husband in hopes that it will help Josh and many other Texans.

April Martinez

April served 9 years in the U.S. Army and was retired as a Staff Sergeant in 2011 due to her medical condition. She has suffered with 24/7 migraines for over 11 years since returning from Afghanistan. 4 years ago, while living in WA, her Dr. encouraged her to try medical marijuana and as a result, she was able to come off of her multiple daily medications. Upon returning to Texas in 2015, she began to look for ways to help reform the medical marijuana laws here. She is a Veteran, wife and mom to 4 children.

Terri Carriker

A native Texan, Terri shares her life with Tarheel husband, Wayne, and four great kids, the youngest of whom has cognitive and physical disabilities as a result of uncontrolled epilepsy. A Licensed Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist by profession, she's a stay-at-home mom by choice, and a full-time caregiver to Catherine. Convinced by education and research, Terri is compelled to advocate for legalization in Texas so others, like her daughter, who have been failed by traditional medicine, can have the medical freedom to pursue the relief and benefit that so many others have found through cannabis.

Mark Zartler

Mark received national media attention after a video went viral of him illegally treating his daughter Kara, who suffers from a severe form of Autism, with vaporized cannabis as an alternative treatment. He wanted Texas and the world to see real proof that cannabis is indeed medicine. Along with his wife Christy, they join a strong group of others parents and patients who fight during the Texas legislative session to open up compassionate access to whole plant cannabis.

Michael Cargill

Michael Cargill served his country honorably for over 12 years in the United States Army.

After his honorable discharge, Michael worked for a telecommunications company in Austin, Texas. After working in Austin, he was recruited as an area manager for a different telecommunications company based out of Dallas, where he was entrusted with half of the company’s accounts in Texas, and managed a budget of $2,500,000 and enough equipment for 60 central offices.

In 2006 Michael founded a freight carrying company, became the owner and CEO shortly thereafter and subsequently dissolved the company in 2011 to start his current business. Michael is now the owner of local Austin business Central Texas Gun Works, which is a retail store and training facility. In the course of his business in Austin, Michael has trained members of the Texas State House and Senate, district judges, justices of the peace, staff of many Federal, Texas state and local agencies, attorneys, corporate employees and the public how to handle firearms safely.

News organizations throughout the country have recognized Michael for his excellence in business practices and the passion he has for his field by featuring him as a frequent guest and subject matter expert. His concern for local safety has led to features on local affiliates of ABC News, NBC News, Fox News, Telemundo and YNN. He has also achieved national exposure in such prestigious media outlets as the New York Times, BBC World News, CNN Money, AOL, Forbes Magazine, Huffington Post and Fox Business News.

Rachel Malone

Rachel Malone is Texas Director of Gun Owners of America. She passionately promotes the right to keep and bear arms in legislation, training, and public perception. A nationally-certified firearms instructor, Rachel participates regularly in Run n Gun biathlons and teaches defensive handgun and rifle. You can hear some of her strong opinions on the Polite Society Podcast. Rachel has served as the Operations Director of the Republican Party of Texas and was previously a professional classical musician. She remains dedicated to training others to safeguard liberty and justice for all.​

Edwin Walker

T._Edwin_Walker_(1).pngEdwin Walker has aggressively defended his clients for over 20 years. He brings an experienced  perspective to each case. He regularly advises lobbyists on firearms and self-defense issues, testifies in front of the Texas Legislature, and fights firearms restrictive ordinances. He is regularly interviewed by national news outlets and a frequent speaker on gun laws in the Great State of Texas. Edwin is a native Texan who earned his bachelor and J.D. from the University of Houston. He was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1993. Edwin is a proud gun owner and vigilant watchman of our constitutional rights.

Joshua Raines

Josh served with the 101st Airborne Division. His was a truck driver-gunner for convoy security and  QRF rescue missions. He deployed to Iraq and to Afghanistan. While on both deployments, he was  awarded: Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, 4 Army Commendation Medals, Purple Heart and amongst others. He was honorably discharged in 2011. Josh now suffers from PTSD and  seizures after multiple IED explosions in Afghanistan. He is learning to balance life at home caring for his children and wife, while coping from the war. Today, Josh creates advocacy videos to help educate and advocate the truth about cannabis.

Dwight Clark

 Dwight Clark is a policy adviser for Vicente Sederberg, where he specializes in national licensing. He   has worked on medical and adult use applications for clients in Michigan, Florida, California, Ohio,   and Arkansas. Mr. Clark spent four years as the Legislative and Communications Director for Texas   State Senator, José Menéndez. As Legislative Director, he drafted and advocated for Texas’ first   comprehensive medical cannabis legislation. As Communications Director, he was the Senator’s   principal speech writer, online content producer, and regularly interfaced with the media.

 Mr. Clark also served as Committee Clerk for the Defense and Veterans Affairs Committee in the Texas House of Representatives. Prior to working in the legislature, he spent a decade successfully managing political campaigns—ranging from city council to president. Mr. Clark is also a featured speaker on cannabis policy and regulation, having spoken at SXSW and numerous other civic engagements, panels, and conferences.


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